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  • Rated NR

independent, special interest

A man who was previously abused by his mother takes out his frustrations on innocent women. He scalps them and uses their hair to make wigs for his mannequins.

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- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed, Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Fresh: A formidable New York grunge-flick through and through

- Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I would almost rate this as the best horror movie I've watched this season if it wasn't for the shlocky ending that sprinkles both sequel bait and betrays the psychological edge with cheaply phantasmagorical imagery like Frank's mother's corpse and the mannequins reanimating. Yes, the film earns its controversial reputation with ultraviolent depictions of scalpings and a shotgun blast in slow-motion, but horror movies aren't meant to be craven. The music by Jay Chattaway is haunting and like 'Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer', it is insightful as to the abnormal pathology of sociopaths and their addictive behavior. Frank speaks lucidly about the preservation of beauty and argues that the artist distills his subject perfectly in the given moment and the subject can never escape. Lustig chronicles a slice-of-life diary of Spinell who is squirm-inducing and brilliant in the role. What is so nonplusing about Frank is that he can switch into a highly charismatic playboy on a whim such as his first date with Caroline Munro where he teases her about the other eligible bachelors about her. The film is truly frightening and disturbingly doom-laden in such a fashion that it is not a jaunty experience, but it is indelible and Spinell is Oscar-worthy.

- fb500439213, Tuesday, October 18, 2011

3 stars

SIKO!!!!!!!!!!! Really bad film i think i can relate to the famous head blowing off scene but still... Good acting put terrible plotting and work. BTW GET INTO THE KILLERS MIND!!!!

- animegirlaya, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

4 stars

A good slasher movie, Spinell is creepy as always, and he really is a maniac in this movie! It's very exciting and intense, I especially loved the climactic scene towards the end, it's brilliant. Overall, a really good movie, I recommend it.

- ajv2688, Wednesday, March 30, 2011